Arrests briefs and mugshots are provided courtesy of the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office. All suspect are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

On October 14, 2019, Deputy Wilder conducted a traffic stop on South Solomons Island Road in Prince Frederick. Upon making contact with the driver and passenger, it was determined that the vehicle was not currently registered or insured, and the driver’s license was suspended.

A search of the vehicle was conducted prior to the vehicle being towed from the scene which revealed a prescription bottle belonging to the passenger, John Edward Smith IV (40), containing pills not indicated on the bottle. Smith was placed under arrest and transported to the Calvert County Detention Center where he was searched upon entry by Correctional Deputy Jones. CD Jones located a small baggie containing a white powder residue suspected to be Heroin. Smith was charged with CDS: Possession- Not Marijuana, CDS: Possession of Paraphernalia, and Possession of CDS while Confined/Detained.


On October 16, 2019, Deputy R. Shrawder conducted a traffic stop on Route 4 at Southern Connector Boulevard in Lusby. After making contact with the driver, Cassandra Bechas (57), it was determined that the vehicle belonged to a friend and did not have current registration. Bechas’ was also driving on a suspended license. A search of the vehicle was conducted which resulted in a cigarette pack containing a black pipe with copper wire inside, belonging to the passenger of the vehicle.

A search of Bechas and her belongings resulted in three cut straws with residue, two unlabeled prescription bottles containing various medications and a pill grinder. Bechas was placed under arrest and transported to the Calvert County Detention Center where a secondary search was conducted which resulted in a small baggie and cut straw, both containing Oxycodone residue, in addition, it was discovered she was in possession of urine used for altering a drug/alcohol test. Bechas was charged with CDS: Possession- Not Marijuana, CDS: Possession of Paraphernalia, Altering a Drug/Alcohol Test, and Possession of CDS while Confined/Detained.


On October 16, 2019, Deputy Boerum responded to Safeway in Prince Frederick for a male who was slumped over outside. Upon arrival, Deputy Boerum observed the suspect, Joseph Frank Partonen (56) who appeared to be passed out near the bushes with a 12 pack of beer. Upon making contact with Partonen, Deputy Boerum noticed an open beer in his hand and the strong odor of alcohol emitting from Partonen’s breath and person.

Partonen was previously issued a lifetime ban from the shopping center in August of 2013. Partonen was placed under arrest and transported to the Calvert County Detention Center where he was charged with Trespassing on Private Property.


On October 18, 2019, Deputy R. Evans and Corporal Robshaw conducted a traffic stop on Madeline Drive in St. Leonard. Upon making contact with the driver, Deputy Evans noticed the odor of alcohol emitting from her person. While attempting to conduct the investigation, Deputies were approached by David Jeremy Craft (39), who was questioning what was happening. Craft was advised multiple times to step aside and let the Officers conduct their investigation and return to his residence, but Craft would not comply and continued to interfere.

Craft was placed under arrest and transported to the Calvert County Detention Center where he was charged with Obstructing and Hindering and Failure to Obey a Reasonable and Lawful Order.

The driver of the vehicle was placed under arrest and transported to the Calvert County Detention Center where it was determined Jennifer Elizabeth Turpin (44), provided a false name on the scene and was charged with False Statement to Law Enforcement and multiple traffic citations.


On October 19, 2019, Deputy Wood responded to the Park and Ride on Lower Pindell Road for the report of vehicle theft. The complainant advised that they observed a truck belonging to Cobb Island Fire Department parked at the Park and Ride. The truck was sent to a repair shop in Huntingtown on North Solomons Island Road by the Fire Department for service and was stolen from the repair shop lot.

The suspect, James Michael Rogers (34), was seen parking the truck at the Park and Ride at approximately 10:30 pm and leaving in a dark-colored pickup truck. Deputies located Rogers, placed him under arrest and transported him to the Calvert County Detention Center where he was charged with Theft > $100,000 and Unlawful Taking of a Motor Vehicle.


David M. Higgins II, Publisher/Editor

David M. Higgins was born in Baltimore and grew up in Southern Maryland. He has had a passion for journalism since high school. After spending many years in the Hospitality Industry he began working in...